32 participants have undergone a 7-day netball coaching and umpiring course at Nsalura Teacher Development Centre in Salima.
The course which was organized by the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) was aimed at equipping participants with netball coaching and umpiring skills. 18 males and 14 females participated in the course which began on 12th June to 18th June 2022.
Participants in the course included 17 teachers from both primary and secondary schools and 15 participants from the communities. After the course the participants were each awarded a certificate.
MNCS is of the view that the coaches and umpires who have graduated from the course will help in imparting netball skills to young athletes at the grassroot.
The coaching course was facilitated by the Chief Sports Officer in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Joseph Mazaza, while the umpiring course was facilitated by Kelita Hau.
More coaching and umpiring/officiating courses in different sporting disciplines by MNCS are expected to take place this year. The aim is to make sure that teachers and community members acquire the knowledge and skills they need in order to effectively develop athletes at the grassroot.
Apart from athletes having qualified coaches, there is also need for them to be exposed to quality officiating personnel who will improve the athletes understanding of the game.